Head shot of a middle aged woman with short cut black hair, smiling, wearing a red jacket, in front of a large window looking out onto trees.

Beverly Daniel Tatum, Ph.D.

Job Title
President Emerita
Spelman College

A 2013 recipient of the Carnegie Academic Leadership Award, Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum served as president of Spelman College from 2002-2015. Her tenure as president was marked by a period of great innovation and growth, including significant increases in student scholarship support, opportunities for global travel and undergraduate research, campus expansion, and a dramatic rise in alumnae support.

Dr. Tatum is the author of Can We Talk About Race? And Other Conversations in an Era of School Resegregation (2007), “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?” and Other Conversations about Race (1997), and Assimilation Blues: Black Families in a White Community (1987).

In 2005, Beverly was awarded the prestigious Brock International Prize in Education for her innovative leadership in the field. A Fellow of the American Psychological Association, she was the 2014 recipient of the APA Award for Outstanding Lifetime Contributions to Psychology. She served as the Vice Chair on Teach for America's national board until 2018. She holds a B.A. degree in psychology from Wesleyan University, an M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Michigan, as well as an M.A. in Religious Studies from the Hartford Seminary.